Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Stampendous, PTI and Clearly Besotted doodle Christmas card

Hello and welcome to the last ABC Christmas Challenge of the year

Our themes for this time are 

Y for Yummi


Z for Zentangle

The challenge will run until 31st December and we have some great prizes for you from

Digistamp Boutique

Prize - £10.00 Voucher


Crafty Ribbons

Well, I decided to challenge myself this time. A Zentangler, I most definitely am not! However, I have been told how relaxing it is and we could all do with a bit of relaxing at this busy time of year, couldn't we? I didn't have time to copy and learn some of the superduper tangles you see in books, so I just went along the doodling route and had a play. Once I had silenced my inner critic, I really enjoyed it and came up with this card:-

1) Die cut a stitched rectangle from white card and stamp the large merry stamp from Stampendous Mega Merry stamp set in black ink.

2) Doodle away using a red 005 Micron pen.

3) Stamp the Christmas sentiment from Papertrey Ink Christmas Labels underneath and add a couple of snowflakes.

4) Die cut a red stitched rectangle and mat the white panel onto it, raising it with fun foam.

5) Stamp and die cut some holly sprigs from the Clearly Besotted Little Pudding stamp set, shape them a little and stick to the corners.

6) Finish off by sprinkling some glitter on the snowflakes and leaves, and add some NuvoDrops berries.

As always, you'll find plenty of inspiration for those last minute cards over on the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog and I hope you will find time to join us this time.

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Paper Smooches and Silhouette Cameo new baby card

Hello everyone,

Well I have had the best Christmas present ever!!!! I'm delighted to tell you that my first Grandchild, Alice arrived safely last week and is, of course, just gorgeous. Mum and baby are doing well, and my son is like a dog with two tails. It's been wonderful to see my great big macho son being all tender, protective and mushy with his beautiful baby girl. Of course, I made a card for the occasion and it fits well into the Anything Goes challenge we are about to start over at Addicted to Stamps and More

I CASEd my own card here from 2015 but made it bigger and personalised it.

1) Cut a stork and baby bundle from images in the Silhouette Store using a Silhouette Cameo machine. I cut the stork body in aqua card, the baby bundle in pink, and the beak and legs in white card and coloured them with alcohol ink.

2) Use a white gel pen to add polka dots to the baby bundle and add a little green heart before assembling it and the stork onto a white square panel cut with a pierced square die.

3) Die cut the welcome word from Paper Smooches three times and stack them together

4) Cut a filmstrip on the Cameo and adhere it to the bottom of the panel. Stamp the word Baby from the Paper Smooches Welcome Wagon set just above the filmstrip, and stick the welcome die cut above it so it frames the word.

5) Mat the panel onto some aqua card and raise it onto an 8-inch white base card using fun foam.

6) Die cut the name using alphabet dies. I used an ancient Sizzix Mac'n'Cheese die set but you could also cut the name on the Cameo or use any other dies. Mount the letters onto snippets of card and cut them into little rectangles before arranging them on the filmstrip, raising them with foam tape.

7) Finish off by scattering die cut stars and hearts around the card using the same coloured card.

I know this is a very busy time of year, but I hope you will take a little time for yourself and pop over to the ATSM blog to see the fabulous inspiration from the DT, and join in with us this time.

My husband goes into hospital for his second hip replacement operation next week so I may not be around as much for a few weeks.

I'd like to play along with

2 Crafty Critter Crazies #9 - anything goes with a critter

Animal Friends Challenge #57 - anything goes

Crafty Friends Challenge #72 - babies and children

Cute Card Thursday #506 - things with wings

Thanks for stopping by

Carol aka Grandma!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Crafter's Companion Cute Christmas and Happy Little Stampers Christmas owl card

Hello everyone and welcome to the final Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge of the year. If you have joined us throughout the year, you will have a goodly stash of cards ready to send out but if you are like me, you will always need some last minute additions, and I hope our challenge will give you some inspiration. You can of course enter any kind of Christmas card, but if you like to play with out optional twist - we are going with 'stencil' this time

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE

I came up with this card


1) Take a square of blue card  and stamp and emboss the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Mixed Christmas Sentiments using white embossing powder.

2) Place the Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil over the card and stencil over with white ink.

3) Die cut the Crafter's Companion Winter Owls from the Cute Christmas range using white card, then colour with alcohol pens. If you have time, you could paper piece the die cut, but it is much quicker to colour it.

4) Mat up the layers and add to a white base card, then raise the branch onto the card with thin strips of foam tape.

5) Finish off by going over the hats, branch and garland with a glue pen and sprinkling with glitter.

As always, there is lots of inspiration over on the Happy Little Stampers Blog, and don't forget that you could win the prize this time!

I'd like to go and play at

2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge #9 - anything goes

Scrap N' Challenge November - couples

A Gem of a Challenge #208 - animals in the snow

Cute Card Thursday #506 - Things with Wings

Moving along with the times #59 - Christmas animals

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Personal Impressions and Happy Little Stampers Christmas candle card

Hello there and welcome to the last Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge of 2017. Wow did 2017 go fast! 

Our optional fun twist this time is Christmas, so we all get another chance to add to the Christmas card pile. Not only that -

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

I came up with this traditional festive card 

1) Stamp the candle image from the Personal Impressions Robin and Candles stamp set onto watercolour paper with black ink,

2) Colour the image with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush watercolours in shades of red, green, and yellow.

3) Paint around the image with pale blue watercolour and let everything dry.

4)Stamp the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Mixed Christmas Sentiments in PTI scarlet jewel ink, above the image.

5) Add some glue pen to the candle drips and sprinkle with some glitter.

6) Die cut a frame from scarlet jewel card using one of the Sue Wilson Classic Adorned Square Noble dies, and use it to frame the image.

7) Layer everything onto the square base card and add a little bow in the top right corner.

You'll find lots of inspiration over on the HLS blog, and I hope you will join in with us this time. Remember the twist is optional and you can enter any watercolour project you choose.

I'd like to play at

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - anything goes

Fab'n'Funky #373 - Christmas

The Merry Christmas Challenge #45 - anything goes

Make my Monday Challenge #60 - Happy Christmas

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol x

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Clearly Besotted Ornamental Style Christmas card

Hello again,

I'm back to share the new challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More where we have the CAS Challenge for you.

and if you are new to CAS cards

I recently attended a fabulous Happy Little Stampers Retreat led by our lovely challenge owner Kylie and I spent some of the time catching up with Christmas cards. I never manage to take everything I need to a retreat so CAS cards are a good bet because you need less stuff. Here is one of the cards I made.

1) Die cut a postage edge rectangle ( I used a Sizzix one from the Butterfly Cards set which was a lovely gift from Kylie at the previous retreat).

2) Stamp the ornaments from Clearly Besotted Ornamental Style in Versamark ink and emboss with Wow Mint Macaroon embossing powder. 

3) Stamp the bows from the same set using Aqua Mist ink. As the string was too short to reach the edge of the card on the first bow, I turned the stamp around and stamped again, just using the string.

4) Use a glue pen in the centre of the ornaments and add some fine clear glitter. You can see the shine from the embossing and glitter better in this photo

5) Stamp the sentiment from Papertrey Ink, then raise the panel on the base card with foam tape.

6) Finally, add some red gems to finish it off.

You will find lots of inspiration on the ATSM blog, and if like me, you are on the final push to get your Christmas cards finished, I'd love you to join in with us this time.

I'd like to play along with 

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends who will be celebrating this week.

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Lawn Fawn Home for the Holidays Christmas card

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and managing to get some crafty time yourselves. It's time for another challenge over at ATSM and this time it is Make Your Mark

Here is my card ( I decided to make another Christmas card to add to my stash)

1) Die cut the Papertrey Ink Scene It: Bethlehem dies from some white card and colour it with Spectrum Noir Blue Sparkle Pens.

2) Die cut it again from silver mirror card and just keep the large star. Turn the round die cut upside down and attach it behind the blue one so you can see silver stars peeping through.

3) Die cut it again in white card and cut a rough snow shape to stick to the bottom of the scene. Use a glue pen to add some snow lines and sprinkle them with some white glitter.

4) Stamp and Die cut the car and tree from the Lawn Fawn Home for the Holidays stamp and die set, and colour them with pencils. Add some glaze pen to the windows to make them shiny, and add them both to the scene using foam pads.

5) Die cut a stitched rectangle from some white card and stamp the sentiment from PTI 'Tis the Season stamp set in red ink and then stick this to a silver rectangle mat, before adding it to the base card with some fun foam.

6) Finish off by attaching the circle to the card and placing the silver star in its aperture.

The design team has some great inspiration for you over on the ATSM blog, so why not hop over there and then join in with us this time.

I'd like to play along with

A Snowflake's Promise #45 - anything goes

The Holly and Ivy Challenge #18 - anything goes

Christmas Card Challenges #25 - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by

Carol x

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Crafter's Companion and Paper Smooches Christmas Penguin tag

Hello and welcome to the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge. Anything Christmas goes for this challenge but each month we have a fun twist to make it more fun, and this time the twist is 'tag'.

Our winner for the challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

As I sit writing this, I can hear fireworks going off for bonfire celebrations and I can't believe that we only have one more Christmas Challenge left before the big day. Where has this year gone?

I came up with this tag

1) I used a paper trimmer to cut a tag shape from kraft card and used a star stencil and some glitter paste to add stars along 2 of the edges.

2) While the paste was drying, I die cut the Crafter's Companion Cute Christmas Penguin and coloured the parts before assembling him.

3) I die cut the Paper Smooches Merry Christmas die twice and stacked it to give it a little more 

4) I cut another slightly larger tag from red card, placed the kraft tag on top of it and cut a hole through both of them before adding some ribbon to tie them together.

5) To finish off, I added the penguin and greeting to the tag and tied a little white bow around the ribbon.

I love this cute penguin and can see that I'll be pulling him out again soon. You'll find lots of inspiration over on the HLS Christmas Challenge blog, and I hope you'll join in with us this time. If you are anything like me, you'll be needing lots of tags at this time of year but remember anything Christmas goes!
Thanks for stopping by

Carol x


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